The Perfume River

Running across the heart of Hue City, featuring poetic beauty that wins over any visitors, Huong River (Perfume River) is an unmissable attraction in Hue. 

The river has many other names such as Lo Dung, Linh, Dinh, Kim Tra, Huong. Not only does Huong River have beautiful view but also great scent.  The foreigners often call it as rivière des Parfums (French) or Perfume of River (English) as a translation name from the Vietnamese name. Nevertheless, some people consider that Huong River flows via Huong Tra Commune, so it is the reason why its name is Huong River.



This river has two big branches flowing from the area of Truong Son Mountain. Ta Trach branch originates from Dong Na and flows through 55 waterfalls to Bang Lang intersections. The other branch originates from the eastern Chan Son Mountain, via 14 waterfalls.

Actually, Huong River stretches over 100 kilometers, but the major river named Huong River has just 30 kilometers in length. From Lang Bang, Huong River flows slowly via villages in Hue. There are some other important branches of Huong River, which are Kim River, Bach Yen River, Loi Nong River, Ke Van River, Thien Loc River, and Dong Ba River, etc. Some rivers were built to protect the palace or irrigation for the agriculture.



Among Hue attractions, Huong River has a special meaning. It is associated with the cultural life of Hue locals. All traditional culture forms like ca Hue, row skiff racing are intact. This river has a unique role in the music life of Vietnamese as it has inspired to artists to compose poems, famous songs, and pictures.





The poetic beauty of Huong River
 
In the dynasty of Nguyen, King Thieu Tri considered this river as one of 20 famous landscapes in Vietnam. The poem named “Huong Giang Huu Phiem” was carved in the stone stele on Huong River’s bank, near Phu Van Lau. Until now, this stone stele is still preserved.

Along with Ngu Binh Mountain, Huong River is the symbol of the ancient city of Hue forever. Some people said that Huong River is considered as one of the most beautiful and romantic rivers worldwide.